Medical Board Files a Complaint Against Dr. Asher Shahzad
The Investigative Committee of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners filed a formal complaint against Dr. Asher Shahzad alleging two violations alleging malpractice and failure to maintain timely, legible, accurate and complete medical records. The patient died as Dr. Shahzad failed to consider tuberculosis in his differential diagnosis.
The complaint states that a patient who had given birth to a premature twins was referred to another Physician for evaluation of possible mastitits – an inflammation of breast tissues that sometimes may lead to infection. The physician evaluated her for mastitis and referred her to Dr. Dhaval Shah for an infectious disease evaluation. Dr. Shah at that time was a colleague of Dr. Asher Shahzad at the Clinical Infectious Disease Specialists. For couple of months Dr. Shah treated the patient with various antibiotics for an abdominal wound infection and recurring fever after the infection had resolved.
After a week or so the patient was admitted to the hospital with complaints of fever, weakness, dizziness, and confusion. She was seen by Dr. Asher Shahzad,
Within few days the patient was transferred to the UCLA Medical Center and the next day patient expired. An autopsy confirmed that the patient had Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex.
Dr. Shahzad is charged with malpractice as he failed to use the reasonable care, skill or knowledge ordinarily used to treat patients as he failed to consider and treat the patient for tuberculosis. As per the Nevada Revised Statutes, Dr. Shahzad is subject to discipline by the Board. On another count, the statutes provide that the failure to maintain timely, legible, accurate and complete medical records relating to the diagnosis, treatment and care of a patient is grounds for initiating discipline against Dr. Shahzad.
The Board will set a time and place for a formal hearing after holding an early case conference with Dr. Asher Shahzad.
Dr. Shahzad is a graduate of Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Punjab and completed his residency at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Shahzad completed his fellowship in Infectious Diseases from Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA.
Dr. Shahzad is no longer employed with the Clinical Infectious Diseases Specialist.